Despite super soggy conditions in Saturday’s qualifying, Sunday shaped up to be perfect weather and conditions for the MXGP round at Talavera de la Reina, Spain.
Max Nagl has made a good name for himself for being consistent in the MXGP series. He rode his way to a solid second place finish overall and maintains a fourth place standing in the MXGP Championship series.
Clement Desalle continues to make forward progress as his pre-season injuries heal and claimed fourth overall.
Christophe Charlier and Jordi Tixier both had frustrating weekends, finishing 18th and 12th respectively.
Max Nagl continues his MXGP Championship hunt with fever as he claims yet another podium in Mexico.
Max Nagl was a rocket on the starting gate, claiming hole shots in both motos of the weekend. Holding on to fourth for the most part of the opening race, the German made a late charge that allowed him to pass Evgeny Bobryshev for an eventual third position at the checkered flag. Finding himself in third early on in moto two, Nagl went on to round out the GP of Mexico with another third place finish.
Teammate Christophe Charlier had a fall during Saturday’s qualifying race that almost meant the end of his Mexican GP. Managing to put the crash behind him the Frenchman came back strong on Sunday to collect 13th, enough for a 12th place overall.
Still on the road to recovery from pre-season injuries, Clement Desalle made big gains this weekend with a fifth place finish overall in Mexico.
Thor rider Max Nagl made an impressive showing in the MXGP of Argentina, claiming third overall. In race 1 Nagl had a great jump out of the gate and was on Antonio Cairoli’s rear tire for the first few corners of the race. Nagl had great speed and pushed ahead to take the lead, where he didn’t waste any time distancing himself from his competitors. Nagl maintained the lead all the way to the checkered flag for the win in moto 1. Nagl got another great start in moto 2, but a small mistake in the first corner pushed him back to sixth place. After a great battle with Romain Febvre and Jeremy Van Horebeke, the German fought back to fifth, resulting in a third overall for the weekend.
Nagl’s teammate Christophe Charlier continued to show signs of progress at the GP of Argentina. Steadily getting back to full fitness after his pre-season injury the Frenchman rode two strong motos to finish 12th and 10th respectively.
Clement Desalle raced to a top ten finish in Argentina as he recovers from his early season injuries.
The 67th edition of the Motocross of Nations has welcomed 85.000 motocross mad spectators during an action packed weekend which has seen over 40 nations battle for the coveted Chamberlain Trophy. The Talkessel circuit in Teutschenthal, Germany marked an impressive appearance for no less than 9 of the THOR supported riders representing 6 different nations:
Gautier Paulin – France
Christophe Charlier – France
Jeremy VanHorebeek – Belgium
Brett Metcalfe – Australia
Todd Waters – Australia
David Philippaerts – Italy
Alessandro Lupino – Italy
Valentin Guillod – Switzerland
Kenneth Gundersen – Norway
THOR was able to celebrate a well deserved victory with Jeremy Van Horebeek and Team Belgium after they toppled Team GERMANY (last years winners) to hoist the Chamberlain trophy on the top step of the podium. A further two more podiumspots were filled with THOR riders David Philippaerts and Alessandro Lupino representing TEAM ITALY alongside Antonio Cairoli for 3rd on the rostrum.
Brett Metcalfe and Todd Waters were favorites alongside countryman Dean Ferris after Metcalfe won his qualification race beating Ryan Dungey to the checkered flag. 10 – 8 scores for Mettcalfe in his moto’s secured 4th place for TEAM Australia.
Gauiter Paulin and Christophe Charlier were disappointed with their scores which saw France finish in 5th place.
Swiss talent Valentin Guillod found himself in leading the first MX1-MX2 moto. The 21 year-old showed great tenacity in the opening laps to lead the world’s fastest riders. He eventually ended 9th.
Next’s year’s edition will see all nations travel to Latvia to battle for the chamberlain trophy and the bragging rights of best MX Nation in the world.
The penultimate round of the FIM MX World championship series has attracted over 25.000 spectators as well as 319 riders who took part in the 4 day special edition MX GP festival in Matterly Basin UK.
THOR’s Jeremy Van Horebeek claimed a strong second moto podium finish with second place however a nasty first turn crash in moto 1 kept the Belgian from an overall podium. The incident also affected team-mate Gautier Paulin as he was hit in the start but pushed hard to recover to 9th. A strong, consistent performance in moto 2 saw the Frenchman end 5th. David Philippaerts was enjoying his recent string of solid results and 7th in moto 1 ensured that the Italian was a force to be reckoned with. Unfortunately for DP19 he got caught under his bike in a pile-up before the wave section and he had to retire in moto 2.
Christophe Charlier had a wonderful turn around of a tough weekend on the rough chalked based Matterly track. A crash in moto 1 left Charlier with only a handful of points but the Corsican quickly changed that when he got to the front in moto 2 and never looked back. Charlier controlled the race and took a commendable victory. Matterly also marked the return of Arnaud Tonus who has missed most of the 2013 due to injury. The CLS Monster Energy Pro Circuit rider was pleased with in 8th in moto two and will be looking to build hisspeed and strength to contend for the 2014 MX2 title. Team-mate Alsessandro Lupino matched Tonus with 8th in moto 1 but had to retire in Moto 2 while holding 6th spot.
The final round of the 17 round FIM MX World championship will take place on the treacherous and demanding sand circuit of Lierop 7-8 September in the Netherlands.
Thor’s Gautier Paulin made another podium appearance, finishing second overall in MX1 class at the second round of the FIM Motocross World Championship in Si Racha, Thailand. His strong 4-2 finish helped him maintain third-place in the points standings. David Philippaerts took 11th overall in Thailand with a 6-14 moto result.
In MX2 class, Thor’s Christophe Charlier just missed the overall podium after charging hard in the final moto to finish the day fourth overall with a 9-3 moto result. Alessandro Lupino rode near Charlier in both races, taking fifth overall with an 8-4 moto finish.
Thor MX is proud to announce it’s 2013 International Team. This years GP MX1 team riders are #21 Gautier Paulin, #89 Jeremy Van Horebeek, and #19 David Philippaerts. In the 2013 GP MX2 class we have #300 Alessendro Lupino, #200 Arnoud Tonus, and #23 Christophe Charlier. We would like to wish all of our riders the best this year. For more info on each rider check out the team rider pages and stay tuned for more info.